Are you heading to your first music festival this year? Not feeling that prepared for it? Need a little guidance? You’ve come to the right place!
Your first music festival is such a special experience, but it can quickly turn into a challenging one if you come unprepared. Knowing what to expect and preparing in advance will help you make the most of every single moment.
Keep reading for 15 super simple tips that will ensure you have an incredible time!
1. Wear comfy shoes to your first music festival.
Expect a lot of walking and dancing so make sure you wear comfortable shoes you can depend on so your feet can survive the whole music festival! If you plan to wear a new pair of shoes, remember to break them in before the event and wear them out and about for at least a full day to get a feel for them. The last thing you want is blisters, the pain will completely take away from all the fun at the festival.
2. Go all out on your festival outfit.
Music festivals are the best place to show off your personal style. Don’t be scared to be yourself! The ideal festival outfit is a perfect blend of practical, unique and cute. Something that you can easily squeeze out of when you’re using a portaloo but that also you feel super confident and dazzling in.
3. Go with an epic squad.
The people you go to a music festival with will definitely impact your overall experience. Surround yourself with a solid group of friends you trust, that you can rely on and will watch over you if things go wrong, and above all else that spread amazing vibes no matter what!
4. Decide on a meetup spot when you arrive.
Designate a meetup spot with your festival squad as soon as you arrive, pick somewhere that’s easy to navigate to. If you or anyone from your group gets lost, head straight to the meetup spot. Technology can sometimes fail us at music festivals and texts won’t go through because of poor signal so don’t rely on it!
5. Explore the whole music festival.
Take the time to walk around and explore everything the music festival has to offer! Whatever you do, don’t just stay at one stage or area the whole time. There’s so much to do and see at music festivals, you never know if you’re going to discover your new favourite music genre or DJ.
6. Go easy on yourself.
Particularly if it’s a multi-day event, don’t go too hard as soon as you get there. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of going to your first music festival but always remember: a music festival is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself and take breaks when you feel like it, to make sure you don’t get sick or feel too tired to enjoy the whole event.
7. Don’t pack too much.
The more you take with you the more you have to watch over and carry around the whole time you’re at the music festival. The last thing you need is a heavy bag weighing you down! Get a fanny pack or small backpack and only take essentials. And keep anything you don’t want to lose, get dirty or possibly break at home.
8. Do your research before the music festival.
Always look up the venue, location and the weather before you head to your first music festival, or ask other experienced ravers who have been to the event you’re attending. These factors can easily make or break a situation, be prepared for all conditions. It may be hot in the day and cold at night, you may need to walk on hilly terrain… Once you’ve done your research, put together a packing list for what you need to be comfortable throughout the entire festival.
9. Always read festival guidelines.
Every music festival will have a page on their website outlining the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the event. It’s important to read through these to avoid turning up at the music festival with items that will get confiscated at the entrance. Every event is different, for example some will allow only sealed packs of chewing gum, and others none at all. Follow the guidelines and never expect a music festival to be lenient!
10. Make a plan to get home safe.
Always have a plan for how you’re going to get home before you head to the festival. Otherwise, you’ll spend half the time trying to figure out how you’re going to get home, it’ll become very distracting. Knowing you’ll get home safe at the end of the night will help you feel much more able to let go and enjoy the event to the fullest!
11. Pack toilet paper or tissues.
This is an absolute must! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been to a toilet at a music festival and there’s no more toilet paper or the last person has dropped it on the wet floor… Always come prepared with your own!
12. Don’t forget to pack earplugs.
Being exposed to loud music for long periods of time can cause permanent damage to your eardrums. Whatever you do, don’t skip out on the earplugs and make sure you look after your ears so you can enjoy many more music festivals.
13. Spark a conversation with new people.
Don’t be afraid to talk to other people at music festivals. Festival goers and ravers are super welcoming, they’ll be really excited that it’s your first music festival! You’ll get to meet people from all walks of life with all sorts of different stories to share with you, it’s one of the best things about going to festivals!
14. Stay hydrated throughout the music festival.
Dancing for hours and hours leads to sweat, fatigue, and dehydration if you don’t drink enough water. Whilst you’re in the crowd, don’t forget to take regular sips of water. A lot of events will have free drinking water, make sure you bring your own bottle or hydration pack so you can fill up as often as you need.
15. Live in the moment.
Perhaps the most important piece of advice: live in the moment! Be yourself, don’t overthink, put your phone down and just soak in all the good vibes surrounding you. It’s time to let loose, have fun and make amazing memories.